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North America » Canada » British Columbia » Salt Spring Island September 24th 2013

September 22, 2013 We wake this morning to the predicted rain and as a result at 10am we’re still in our pj’s and enjoying the prospect of a lazy day staying around the house. We’ve got films we want to watch, painting to be done, playing pool (lovely full size snooker table in the den!) cookie mixture to make up, books to read, games to play and of course some work with the boys etc, etc. The sun does make an appearance around 1pm though and the clouds disperse leaving a lovely blue and white fluffy sky. Matthew and I get out the bikes from the basement (and what a basement! - excuse the interruption but….it’s the same size of one level of the house and is home to an interesting and comprehensive selection of wood ... read more
Looking down onto Burgoyne Bay
Wallace Island at Sunset
Sunset on Salt Spring Island, BC

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Salt Spring Island September 22nd 2013

September 20, 2013 This morning Steve gets up in time to see the sun rise in more or less the same place as the moon rose last night. Maybe I should make more of an effort tomorrow morning but on the other hand the bed is so comfortable and, well…. The boys do some maths and then we sit at the kitchen table painting the scene we see before us. Matthew paints in a lovely heron sitting on a buoy out to sea and Sam paints in a couple of orcas in the hope that it will come true. I’m really impressed with both their pictures (and glad the watercolours have come out at least a couple of times since we’ve been here). After the joy of exploring another grocery store (sadly I’m not being sarcastic) ... read more
Can I take him home please?
Cute!
Ganges

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Salt Spring Island September 21st 2013

September 19, 2013 It’s an early start this morning. We need to be out of our hotel by 8am in order to catch the 10am ferry from Tsawwassen to Long Harbour on Salt Spring Island. We manage a quick breakfast although I’m looking forward to a Starbucks and possibly some pumpkin bread at the terminal! It’s a relatively easy drive down to the Tsawwassen until we reach the George Massey Tunnel that goes under the Fraser River. We’re going in the right direction in terms of traffic but that means the traffic coming towards us (into Vancouver) has priority and thus 3 out of the 4 lanes going through the tunnel belong to them this morning. We’re down to one lane and have paid the price for that for at least a kilometre. For a brief ... read more
Row, Row, Row your Boat....
The Moon
Our House


Being back in the work makes me always want to be in the work, and it motivates me to call it something other than “work.” Maybe this is an indicator. In Hakomi, we use the word indicator to refer to something on the surface that may indicate an underlying belief. I certainly have beliefs centered around work. Whether it is an indicator, it is certainly an edge that I am “sitting with or holding." A good friend and I got talking at one time that at its’ core, when work is really the work, it doesn’t feel like work. But what I believe about work is really different, I can feel it…it makes me curious. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary: “Activity in which one exerts strength or faculties to do or perform something” “Sustained physical or mental ... read more
Hakomi Circle Salt Spring
Work
Salt Spring Tractor


Earlier this year, knowing we were coming out West for a trip this summer, we bid on a day trip to Salt Spring through the Bishop's Gaiters fundraiser auction and won! Today we went on our trip with our hosts Roy and Ethne Cullen. Mr. Cullen is a former MP and he and his wife have a 30' Boston Whaler. They took us on a wonderful cruise to Ganges on Salt Spring Island where we had brunch. Ganges is a quaint village with independantly owned stores (no chains), some great galleries and an amazing book store. On the way back, Roy introduced Graysen to trolling using a down rigger. They had thought the pink salmon may be running but no luck-but it was still a great experience. Another glorious day in BC!... read more
Boston Whaler
Ganges
Salt Spring map


Hi all, So, we decided to start a travelblog for our trip to Thailand, to keep you all in the know and let you know where we are and what we're up to. I can't promise we'll update it often, but figured this was the easiest way to keep in touch. The countdown is on....only 5 more sleeps! Our bags are already packed (well....almost!) and we're just getting a few last things done before we go. Just have to get through a short week of work and then bon voyage to us! Megs ... read more


it is sure great to be back canada and sitting in a cafe on salt spring island with Michael and Vanora! After 14 days in the jungle a hot shower and dry clothes were gifts, though i am still overwhelmed by civilization. too much noise, too much bussle, too little connection. do we really live like this all the time? i find i need to nap at least once a day for at least an hour, and for the first three days, i napped constantly. i was just too exhausted by all the information and energy i encountered. i was good for about 3 hours only. doing better at energy management now, but it is hard to eat, as i need to stay on my ayahuasca diet for 20 days. i have done my best, but ... read more


We are still on the island! Lovin' the "no mosquito" climate! We've had 3 amazing days of sunshine. Here are some photos! Today we launch from Salt Spring Island to Vancouver Island via Ferry. Great day to move on as the weather has turned cool and wet.... read more
Ruckle Prov Park on SSI
lizard in Ruckle Park
mmmm fresh bread...


Hello all! We have settled in on Salt Spring Island, BC, where the Arbutus tree grows and the slugs are juicy! We left off in Penticton where we had desert conditions...to our present location...the seaside rain of the pacific. In between, we stopped in Chilliwack to see Tim and Jillian. Thanks, Tim for the awesome tour of your city-town and for dinner! Great to see you! Salt Spring Island is lush, rugged, and full of artists. We are staying for the festivities of the long weekend, whatever they may be. We were able to score a campsite for $20/night until Tuesday. This campsite is linked up with trails into the lush forest, connecting to town. A lovely 20 minute walk takes us to Ganges where you can walk along the boardwalk to see the sea, shop ... read more
mossy forest on our walk to town
forest walk to town
Grey Heron waiting for lunch




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